Friday, June 08, 2007


I've unexpectedly come into possession of several more ARCs of THE CLEANER. And my surprise abundance is your chance for a free book. I'm going to give away five this time.

You read that right. FIVE.

But we're going to turn this one around fast. I'm setting the deadline for entries at 6 p.m. Monday June 11th...that's Pacific Standard Time.

This time I'm looking for your favorite book of all time - title and author. And if you feel up to it, let us know why. I'll pull the winners on Monday night and let you know on Tuesday. As always, previous winners, family and friends who already have a copy are encouraged to participate but are ineligible to win.

Let 'em rip!


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Stephen D. Rogers said...

My favorite book is probably DEATH OF CITIZEN by Donald Hamilton. I felt as though Matt Helm took me places within myself that no other character had managed to do.

Stephen D. Rogers

pattinase (abbott) said...

In the crime genre, A Place of Execution by Val McDermid because it managed to be surprising yet completely inevitable and inexorable.
In literary fiction, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. For exactly the same reason. If a writer can surprise me yet still follow the only path that makes sense, that's a real feat.

Rob said...

My favorite book, hands down, has to be THE SERIAL KILLER'S GUIDE TO DISMEMBERMENT by Jeffrey Dahmer.

It helped me immeasurably with all the clutter around here.


Gerald So said...

My favorite is THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger, the book started me reading for pleasure. The rest is history.

Anonymous said...

Don Anderson said:

My all time favorite book is SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, by Kent Anderson (no relation). I was never the type to go in for war/Nam tomes, but the writing is so lyrical, yet so direct and compelling that I just think it's a masterpiece of fiction, crime or otherwise.

A close runner up is WINTER'S BONE, by Daniel Woodrell. The prose is so good it's almost poetry. Yet it's a story about the teenage daughter of a meth cooker. Who'd have thought the subject matter could give rise to such beautiful language?

Bernita said...

My favourite is The Fionavar Tapestry - Guy Gavriel Kay.
It weaves the threads of many myths into a high and golden fantasy.

Liz said...

My favourite book of all time is called Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido.

I love it because I was part of it - or it felt like. I knew the families, wanted to be in one and totally fell in love with one of the characters.

Lee said...

My favourite book and has been since the first time I read it ...I've read the book four times since that first awakening, is "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. The hard-back version sits on my bedside table still.

My first introduction into the writings of Ayn Rand was "The Fountain Head"...I loved it, so my next logical step was "Atlas Shrugged".

Finally, there in the written word were my thoughts and how I felt about life. Until then, I didn't understand that there were others who felt and thought about the strength of the individual as I did. Until then I believed I was alone in my thoughts.

John Ling said...

The book that's closest to my heart has to be FIRST BLOOD by David Morrell. Published in 1972, it is as topical today as it ever was.

Straddling the uneasy line between thriller and literature, people weren't sure what to make of it.

TIME Magazine actually coined a new term (carnography) to describe the novel's unprecedented amount of action. Paradoxically, many classrooms across America used it as a academic text. Then, of course, came the movies which bastardized the Rambo character and made him a fixture of popular culture.

Has any thriller novel been more influential? I think not. Try keying in "Rambo" into Google, and you'll get an astonishing nine million hits.

But on a personal level, FIRST BLOOD was the book that converted me from a literary snob to a lover of thrillers. If that's not a religious experience, then I don't know what is.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Already have my copy, but my all-time favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, by Dumas.. I've never been so caught up in a story before. And now I collect old hardcovers of it when I find good deals.

Stacey Cochran said...

Probably Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" - although Stephen King's "The Shining" would be a close 2nd.

Latham Shinder said...

Motherless Brooklyn,by Jonathan Lethem. You just gotta love a book about a reluctant detective with tourette's syndrome.

Latham Shinder

Judy Thomas said...

Leave it to me to be 15 minutes late! Oh, well.... my favorite book of all time is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. It was one of the first mysteries I read and started me on a lifelong love of investigations.

Christopher said...

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery